The German epidemic shows signs of relief
According to AFP’s news from Berlin that same day, when the first wave of new crown epidemic hit, Germany was regarded as a “good student” of European governance and responded well. However, the second wave of the epidemic is fierce, and the number of confirmed cases continues to hit new highs, making the government and medical departments quite nervous. However, although the number of newly diagnosed patients announced on the 11th was still as high as 22,000, authoritative data seems to show that the upward trend of the epidemic has begun to slow down. Lothar Wieler, director of the Robert Koch Institute (Robert Koch, abbreviated as RKI), reported the good news at a press conference, saying that the second wave of COVID-19 has “slowed down, and the number of confirmed cases will no longer rise sharply. ,” expressed”cautious optimism” on this trend. The latest data from the Institute for monitoring the development of the epidemic shows that the infection rate in some states has dropped from 3 (that is, 3 people infected by one patient) in recent weeks to 1.
Wyler believes that strict anti-epidemic measures such as closing bars and restaurants, compulsory wearing of masks and limiting the number of people in private gatherings have taken effect,”showing that we are not powerless in the face of the epidemic.” However, he also admitted that part of the reason for the slowdown in the current surge in the number of confirmed diagnoses may be related to the difficulty of testing agencies in the face of rapidly increasing testing requirements. He said that the testing agency can’t accept everyone as before. Therefore, those with mild symptoms do not necessarily have to be tested, and should”self-isolate at home for at least 5 days immediately.”
Although Germany seems to show signs of slowing the impact of the epidemic, and at the same time there is good news about vaccines, the German government currently has no intention of loosening epidemic prevention regulations. German Chancellor Merkel, who plans to step down in a year, said on the 11th,”We have to be entangled by the epidemic for at least the whole winter.” On the morning of the 12th, when she participated in the”Dialogue with the People” activity, she communicated with a young female apprentice:”I have experienced a relatively carefree time”. The days when I can’t go out and celebrate are really”a bit uncomfortable.” .
Wyler said that the current situation is still”very severe”,”we should avoid the situation from getting worse. Our goal is to reduce the infection rate to a level that our medical system can withstand.”
German Minister of Health Spahn warned that”if more than 20,000 new diagnoses are added every day in the next two weeks, and about 2%of them need to be rescued”, then the German medical department will be overwhelmed by the end of November .
Prime Minister Merkel is scheduled to negotiate with state leaders next Monday, and may adjust relevant decisions based on the evaluation of the development of the epidemic. According to analysis, Merkel’s statement on the 12th left a certain amount of leeway, that is, the possibility of allowing the catering industry to reopen in December.
Next Monday’s meeting may consider the initiative of Lachette, the leader of Germany’s most densely populated state of North Rhine-Westphalia, to allow schools to take Christmas holidays in advance to reduce the risk of campus infection. Health Minister Shi Pan said that the meeting will definitely discuss the possibility of extending the holiday, and the sooner the decision is made, the better, because parents and teachers need time to prepare and respond.
Shi Pan also warned that even if the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are extended, the vigilance of epidemic prevention should not be relaxed. People or 15 people”.